Laura Gilmour Humanities Secondary

Name Laura Gilmour
SLE designation
(Date of designation & Teaching School)
Humanities SLE
Appointed September 2017
Archbishop Temple School / Preston TSA
Current School
(LA or Sponsor)
Archbishop Temple School, Preston
Recent OfSTED judgement
(Overall and Leadership)
Outstanding in all areas.
Context of School

Archbishop Temple School is a high performing secondary school in Preston, Lancashire. We have around 800 pupils, aged 11 – 16, and we aim to provide an outstanding education based firmly on our core values of faith, nurture and service.

Our pupils receive a first class education and our exam results are consistently among the best in the country (in 2018 88% of our students achieved a good grade in 5 or more subjects, including English and Maths).

Being a Church of England School is a core part of our ethos. We express our faith in regular acts of worship, but also by providing an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere where we make a commitment to each young person to try to support them to be the best they can be.

Particular area(s) of Expertise/Strength
  • Pupil progress (high residual data: high residuals for classes summer 2018 within Humanities, highest residual data in the school 2017)
  • Implementing walking talking exams
  • Structuring 5- year curriculum planning
  • Developing assessments to support GCSE skills across the 5 years.
  • Leading educational visits/ field work to support and enhance learning
  • Developing campaigns in school to raise the profile of ‘geography’ and increase pupils engagement and involvement- banning single use plastics etc
How have you supported other schools or middle leaders and senior leaders in your own school?

Supporting other schools:

  • SLE deployed to raise attainment in Humanities at a secondary school in Cheshire for 2017, and on-going in 2018.
  • Termly ‘Teach-Meets’ for Geography Head of Departments focusing on three core values, 1 per term.
  • Meetings with the Humanities Department in a local secondary school to raise ¾ and MPA groups in addition to attendance at the Geography Teach Meets.
  • Humanities Away Day planning inviting 3 other departments to co-ordinate structure and delivery of new specification

At ATS:

  • Secondment to SLT for one year where a review of CPD for Teaching and Learning was under taken and a new venture established.
  • Use of VLE to create a T&L area to share resources for staff
  • Supporting Middle Leaders with data analysis and writing of department SEFs.
  • Observations of colleagues performing Walking Talking Exams
  • Leading Heart of the Matter meetings for one year.
  • Attendance to the EL-TLC impact group in school.
What was the Impact of your support?

Supporting other schools:

  • SLE deployed to raise attainment in Humanities at a secondary school in Cheshire for 2017, and on-going in 2018.
  • Termly ‘Teach-Meets’ for Geography are well attended and regular. Attendance has grown to involve more schools. Smooth transition between the new and old specifications and sharing of resources has allowed more time to focus on learning in the classroom.
  • Meetings with the Humanities Department at a local secondary school to raise ¾ and MPA groups in addition to attendance at the Geography Teach Meets- Ideas for raising  achievement are on-going and suggestions have been shared and will be implemented over the coming year.
  • Humanities Away Day planning inviting 3 other departments to co-ordinate structure and delivery of new specification- this has continued and is an annual event with departments all making significant contributions.

At ATS:

  • Secondment to SLT for one year where a review of CPD for Teaching and Learning was under taken and a new venture established.
  • Use of VLE to create a T&L area to share resources for staff
  • Supporting Middle Leaders with data analysis and writing of department SEFs this is on-going as HOD discuss SEFs and best practice.
  • Observations of colleagues performing Walking Talking Exams- this has been incorporated by other subjects. Use of the Sports Hall and Apple Pens reflects a commitment and investment for this type of learning in school.
  • Increase in History results at ATS from 2017 due to modelling WTE and supporting colleagues in the delivery of examination technique.
  • Leading Heart of the Matter meetings for one year- themes continue to run as a working group established to discuss areas within school by Middle Leaders.

 

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